Pasco spends $22 million on environmental lands

The Pasco County Commission has unanimously approved a $22 million purchase to secure ecological corridor sites and land for a future park in Central Pasco. The purchase is the largest in the history of the county’s Environmental Lands Acquisition and Management Program (ELAMP) — which began in 2005, said Keith Wiley, the county’s director of parks, recreation and natural resources. It took … [Read more...]

Planning Commission recommends against rezoning

The Pasco County Planning Commission has recommended denial of a request that would allow a small subdivision off of Bell Lake Road, in Land O’ Lakes. The rezoning application, filed by Michael David Vincent, sought to change the allowable density of development on about 9.5 acres, at the northwest corner of the intersection of Bell Lake Road and Alpine Road. The site is about 1 mile east of … [Read more...]

Offices planned on State Road 54, near Ballantrae

Plans are in the works for an office development on 12.8 acres on the north side of State Road 54, about three-tenths of a mile from Ballantrae Boulevard. The Pasco County Commission has sent a request, from Colwell Avenue Properties IV, of Lutz,  for a proposed land use change to state agencies for review. The land use change must occur first, before a request for a rezoning on the property … [Read more...]

Library helps people who want jobs, or to volunteer

The Land O’ Lakes Branch Library recently was a hub — for those seeking opportunities for paying jobs, or to volunteer. In fact, the library has a series of events this month, which is set aside as Career Development Month, focused on helping people find work. On Nov. 7, a  CareerSource Pasco-Hernando bus was parked outside the library, located at 2818 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes. … [Read more...]

Expansion addresses need to serve critically ill patients

AdventHealth Connerton has been addressing the needs for critically ill patients for a decade — but it also has had to turn patients away because its beds were full. An expansion expected to open later this month, will increase the hospital’s ability to serve patients and families in need. AdventHealth officials had a ribbon cutting ceremony last week to celebrate the completion of a new … [Read more...]

Swamp Fest enjoys nice weather, good crowds

It wasn’t just fun and games at the 11th annual Swamp Fest in Land O’ Lakes. There was music, food, rides and entertainment, too. “It was incredible weather. We had good crowds,” said Doug Hutchinson, festival coordinator. “Friday night and Saturday night were incredibly busy, and Sunday was very busy,” he said. The crowds were so large, the main parking area was filled at Land O’ … [Read more...]

New apartment project approved on State Road 54

The Pasco County Commission has approved a project with 280 apartments and 49,500 square feet of commercial, on the north side of State Road 54, between Wesley Chapel Boulevard and Collier Parkway. Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve the rezoning request, with Commissioner Mike Moore objecting vociferously. Attorney Clarke Hobby represented the A.G. Spanos Companies and the Aiken Trust on … [Read more...]

Swamp Fest returns with new rides, family fun

The idea of bringing a community together to have fun, while raising money, is nothing new. Swamp Fest, an annual event, has been doing that for 11 years, in Land O’ Lakes. Festivities begin with a preview evening on Oct. 31. The festival runs through Nov. 3. The event raises money for area schools, nonprofits and community, as well as benefiting businesses. It is hosted by the Land … [Read more...]

A community steps up to lend its support

Pasco County firefighter Hunter Garcia, his wife, Kayla, and their 5-month-old daughter, Clara, were traveling down Van Dyke Road on Sept. 13, when they were involved in a multi-car accident. A total of four cars were affected, with five people transported to the hospital, according to a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office news release. All three Garcias were taken to the hospital. Hunter … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes route to lose bus stop, weekend service

Bus Route 41, in Land O’ Lakes, no longer will be making a stop on Collier Parkway — and also will discontinue operating on Saturdays. Those changes were approved by the Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) board on Sept. 12. The changes were prompted by a recommendation from Pasco County Public Transportation based on its research and public feedback. “We received … [Read more...]